Tendulkar reveals an emotional story with late coach Ramakant Achrekar
Former Indian batsman and legend Sachin Tendulkar recalled the memories of his first ever coach Ramakant Achrekar, who died last week.
It is needless to say that the death of the coach has made Sachin absolutely shattered as the journey of the master blaster all began due to Ramakant.
At a condolence meeting on Thursday, Sachin along with former Indian batsman Vinod Kambli and Pravin Amre fondly recalled the memories of their childhood coach.
Sachin revealed how the coach change his life –
“I still remember when I started playing cricket, we had just one bat, which belonged to (my brother) Ajit (Tendulkar). It was a little bigger and my grip was low on the handle. Sir observed this for a few days and then took me aside and told me to try and hold the bat a little up.
Sir observed me play and said it wasn’t working because I was not having (the same) control and my shots were not coming off. After seeing that I didn’t have the same control, Sir told me to forget whatever he had said and asked me to go back to the original grip.
And (with this) sir gave a big message to not just me and to everybody that coaching doesn’t mean making changes. Sometimes it is important not to coach. f my grip would have changed then I think I would not have played so long. But sir had vision on how my game would be better and what suits me,” said the legendary batsman, who played 200 Tests in his career spanning 24 years.”
Meanwhile, Achrekar’s adopted son Naresh Churi also narrated an anecdote on how the departed coach used recycled balls.
“Sir always used to preserve worn out balls, and had a bag full of such balls, which nobody would have liked to use. However, sir did what no coach has done even now back then — recycling of balls. We all used to peel off the outer surface of the ball and send the inner portion (small ball) to the factory in Meerut (Uttar Pradesh). He used to purchase the recycled balls at half price,” he said.
Achrekar died at the age of 87, but the cricket world will forever keep him in their hears for making a legend of the game.